Karen Middleton
is The Saturday Paper’s chief political correspondent.

By this author

News September 26, 2020

Travel restrictions clouded by legal uncertainty

After restricting who can return to Australia and who can travel overseas, the government is now scrambling to tidy up the legalities around a confusing and ad hoc system of applying for exemptions.

News September 19, 2020

Australians stranded overseas

As more than 25,000 Australians wait for the chance to return home, at least one legal expert says the travel restrictions may breach the constitutional rights of citizens.

News September 12, 2020

Vaccine trials and tribulations

As the pause in Oxford University’s Covid-19 vaccine trials reminds the public of the realities of medical research, the Morrison government has locked in 84 million doses of this and a second vaccine.

News September 05, 2020

Government’s aged-care payments create Covid-19 risk

Unions and aged-care providers are united by concerns the government’s payments to aged-care staff may be exacerbating the sector’s Covid-19 crisis.

News August 29, 2020

National watchdogs’ warnings about security laws

Two federal watchdogs leave their positions, raising issues on access to encrypted data and questioning of minors.

News August 29, 2020

NSW Health rebukes feds on aged care

The state’s criticisms echo those levelled by Victoria and the royal commission.

News August 21, 2020

Who allowed Ruby Princess passengers to disembark?

Questions remain about the Ruby Princess as the federal Agriculture Department secretary contradicts the Commonwealth government’s own submission about who gave permission for passengers to leave the cruise ship.

News August 22, 2020

Exclusive: 4115 assaults in immigration detention

The Commonwealth ombudsman has warned of excessive and even illegal force used in detention centres, as figures disclosed under FOI reveal assault numbers.

News August 15, 2020

Daniel Harvey’s death in detention

The death of a man in immigration detention has raised questions about the length of time people are being held onshore, and the impact of coronavirus on visiting and other rights.